If there were anything to make you want to go back to college again – besides the socially acceptable binge drinking, sleeping until noon, and wearing sweatpants to dinner – it would probably be taking a class with ?uestlove. Yes, that’s right. This spring, The Roots drummer will be teaching a two credit class on classic albums at the Clive Davis Institue for Recorded Music at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. The course’s tentative syllabus involves the analysis of time–tested albums such as Led Zeppelin IV and Michael Jackson’sOff The Wall in order to understand the many factors that go into making those select albums designated classics. Billboard reports that ?uestlove will be co–teaching the course in conjunction with Harry Weinger, the vice president of A&R at Universal Music Enterprises.
After breaking into the US with “Lights,” Ellie Goulding has been keeping the US in constant anticipation of her next hit. With the Oct. 9 release of Halcyon, and her recent performance of “Anything Could Happen” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, I think we may just have it.
Looking remarkably comfortable as she dances around the stage, exchanging smiles with band mates in between husky notes, we’d say Goulding is most certainly within reach of another US hit.
You can watch Goulding performing the track right here.
Let it be known that this might be the only time one of the Gallaghers and Odd Future share headline space.
Liam Gallagher, to the surprise of no one, has been in the news recently for propensity for making outlandish statements. Whether he’s blasting Radiohead, defying the Strokes, ripping on Jay-Z’s clothing line or dissing Twitter, the younger Gallagher is still railing on like he has been for years. In fact, it would be fair to say that what Twitter is to communication Liam Gallagher is to baseless verbal attacks. And while Noel was historically the more ranty of the brothers, it seems like Liam has been picking up the slack for him in the past few months.
However, there has been one recent development for Gallagher that sets his most recent clump of remarks apart from his more historic comments and that is that Liam Gallagher is losing his relevancy. That’s not to say that Beady Eye’s new record hasn’t been a moderate success in both commercial and critical terms but it’s no (What’s The Story) Morning Glory. He’s ranting at the same pace he has for years but his level of contemporary distinction has been shrinking, not growing. How is he still able to get away with this? More on that in a minute, but let’s take a look at a group which is also known for their controversial statements.
Kids, let’s rap about Odd Future for a minute.
In case you’re not familiar with shock rap wunderkinds Odd Future you can familiarize yourself with the group here, or here, or here, or here or if reading’s not your thing, watch their infamous Jimmy Fallon performance, their first real taste of the mainstream spotlight.
We still have you? Good. Group ringleader Tyler, the Creator has been the center of the spotlight during the group’s rise to prominence and the kid has a bit of a mouth on him. Like a young Eminem, his raps consist of clever wordplay and pop culture references mixed in with dashes of ultra violence, absurdity and the occasionally heartbreaking confessional. His Twitter is comedic gold and probably the main source of the quotable Tyler outside of his incredibly explicit songs. Despite being so green as a rapper, Tyler has even played out his first feud!
In his lead single “Yonkers” off upcoming album Goblin Tyler states his intention to “crash that f***** airplane that that f***** n***** B.o.B is in and stab Bruno Mars in his g****** esophagus”. Two weeks later, B.o.B released diss track “No Future” aimed at the OF kids. At least we assume so because B.o.B never mentions Tyler or the group by name instead claiming that whoever the intended target of his rhyme is”They keep f***** with me, they ain’t gonna have no future”. Tyler’s response?
Let’s compare and contrast. An aging rock star writes his pop songs but uses his public persona as a pulpit to take pot shots at his chosen targets, of which there are many. A young rapper known for his confrontational and controversial lyrics in his songs but comes off as a fairly amicable human being. One has seen his glory days and is waning and the other is surging, just beginning an exciting career. Neither one of these guys is speaking very softly, but it should be clear who’s carrying the bigger stick.
There’s no arguing the current phenomenon sweeping our nation. No, it’s not the KFC Double Down, or even Bieber Fever. It’s 3 dimensional viewing. Why watch anything in boring, old 2D like our parents when we can enjoy viewing everything from cooking shows to cartoons with an additional dimension. Three is better than 2, right? Luckily, we’re not limited to fuzzy children’s monsters and larger-than-life bugs to feel out of this world anymore. Musical acts of all varieties are jumping on the bandwagon, and this year a slew of HD 3D concerts will be assaulting your senses. And we’re not talking Miley Cyrus or the Jonas Brothers.
Now, there is one band that comes to mind when mulling the unlimited possibilities of 3D concert experience. Known for musical improvisations that ensure no two shows are alike and a fan culture that arguably surpasses any other following of its kind, jam band Phish are the perfect candidates. And wouldn’t you know, PHISH 3D premieres tomorrow (Friday, April 30th) in theaters across the country — 3D glasses included.
The concert film features footage shot by AEG Live and Action 3D over the three days of the band’s Festival 8, which took place last Halloween weekend in Indio, California. We were lucky enough to catch an early screening of the movie on 4/20 (when else?) and we can promise you, this isn’t your little sister’s animated Pixar film.
The movie opens on the last night of the festival, November 1st, while the band is playing “AC/DC Bag.” The first thing you notice is the giant balloons bouncing throughout the crowd, nothing out of the ordinary for a Phish audience. However about a minute in you find yourself dodging one, and the stage is set for you to feel as if you are right in the middle of the awesome assemblage.
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